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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 16

Posted by Taylor Price on August 16, 2012 – 9:42 AM

Following the offense’s best showing of 49ers Training Camp presented by HP, the unit backed it up with another positive performance.

In particular, undrafted wide receiver Chris Owusu continues to progress. The former Jim Harbaugh-coached wideout from Stanford has made several catches in practice after being the team’s leading wideout in the preseason opener.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee noted that Owusu got past starting cornerback Tarell Brown to catch a deep corner route from quarterback Josh Johnson. “Owusu made several nice catches during the team portion of practice, including two from Scott Tolzien,” Barrows added.

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com notes the offense remained sharp on Wednesday. Maiocco:  “Quarterback Alex Smith and the first-team offense did not click as well as in Tuesday’s practice, but he still completed nearly 65-percent of his pass attempts during the 7-on-7 and team periods. Smith’s best play came when he found Vernon Davis on a deep route against safeties Trenton Robinson and McBath.”

Maiocco also offered his thoughts on Smith’s steady progress in camp. Maiocco: “The Alex Smith I’ve seen through 14 practices has been noticeably more accurate with his short, intermediate and deep passes. He also appears to be quicker with his decision-making. I’m not predicting a Pro Bowl season for Smith. But I am predicting the 49ers’ passing game will be more formidable than a year ago when the team ranked 31st in the league in third-down conversions and 29th in passing yards.”

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News observed Delanie Walker making an appearance at practice. Inman: “Walker came out to watch the final few minutes of practice and showed no signs of a right-knee injury that he sustained in Sunday’s practice. After practice, Walker said he’s doing fine and he seemed in his usual high spirits.”

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle profiled undrafted wide receiver Brian Tyms’ remarkable journey to the 49ers. Branch: “At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, (Tyms) possesses prototypical size for a pro wide receiver and eye-popping athleticism. At Florida A&M’s pro day, he had a 38.5-inch vertical jump, which would have ranked tied for fifth among wide receivers at the NFL combine. His time in the 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds) would have tied for second and his 40-yard-dash clocking (4.40) would have ranked third.”

49ers.com’s #Camp49 coverage included a practice report, a story on Gory Soltau’s reaction to being inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, a story on Michael Crabtree’s sharpened focus, a blog on Greg Roman discussing individuals on the offense and a video on Crabtree’s rivalry with Carlos Rogers.


Boom, indeed.

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17 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Aug. 16”

  1. By bojo49ers on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    can’t hardly wait for the regular season to begin, show these non-believer what the 49er is really made off…

  2. By Randy K. on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    I think neither Kyle Williams or Bret Swain are making this years squad, and I am not so sure about Anthony Dixon or Rock Cartwright either. But I think Anthony will be picked up by someone, he is really talented.

  3. By bo9ers52 on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    i rather have bret & anthony in the roster than kyle, i’m afraid he might mess-up again along the way……

  4. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    the cuts are going to be horrible for loots to take …myself included ….the real problem is those guys being picked up by other teams and flourishing …but what happens…happens at this point …just happy to see the running game back in action and yes jacobs does make a difference

  5. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    jacobs nabbed at least 2 3rd down conversions for us in the opening drive and looked real good doing it …as in just another day at work doing his best …good pick up coach keep em coming

  6. By niners fan. on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    luv to see dixon stay, cartwright to, ther both hard working players, dixon did say this team would be hard to make,

  7. By trob0 on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Houston is going to be a great game to show people that Alex can score on a good defense.

  8. By bob j on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Like last year, I’m excited for the start of the reg season. Big difference between last year, Alex has a better wide receiver corp. I suspect an even better performance from him this year..GO 9ERS !

  9. By Greg on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bret Swain would be no great loss, but Williams is a better receiver than Crabtree. I dont think he’s going anywhere. At least i hope not.

  10. By Vortex on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    The cuts this year are going to be the hardest in a long time. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the coaches.

    I want them all to make the team. The NFL needs to expand the 53 man roster and make exemptions for kickers, punters and snappers.

  11. By rjdniner on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yes I agree that Alex will be facing a much better def then the Viking’s that first period will be fun to watch if they show it here in my area . go 49er,s

  12. By Basil on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    well count in this neither team is going to show much, these games are a chance for players on the bubble to show what they have. and a chance for everybody to hit somebody in a deferent uniform, let it fly.

  13. By rjdniner on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Basil and hopefully nobody get’s hurt; it’s really laughable how the media treats the preseason , as I look at the other 3 teams in our division were the only one’s that are set at the QB,s position ,that ankle of bradfords will start to bother him ,am so thankful for Jim and his staff . Go 49er, s.

  14. By Basil on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh: ‘Alex Is an Expert In This Offense’
    WOW 23 days, then we have a store to settle !

  15. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @ Randy K,how long have you been following the 49ers? it has been reported since they signed cartwright,oh I dont know,like 3 months ago,he is a special teams ace,taking the place of blake costanzo,he has been a core special teams player his ENTIRE career, he will be FOR sure making the team,,,gezz some people should know what they are talking about before they share their opinion

  16. By rjdniner on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I refuse to make a prediction on who might stay or go case in point Garrett Chilsom I thought for sure he’d make the team. So I, ll wait until the 53 man roster comes out. Hopefully I can see the game tonight I really want to see Tolzin like everyone else.

  17. By Basil on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    (then we have a score to settle , not store) oh well !


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